Welcome to the Liverpool Diocesan Registry web site.
Diocese of Liverpool
The Diocese was founded in 1880. It covers an area comprising
the City of Liverpool, the whole of Merseyside, part of West Lancashire
(Ormskirk), part of Cheshire (Warrington) and Wigan, with a population of
1,526,000. The Diocese has 210 parishes and 257 churches.
There is a web site for the Diocese of Liverpool at:
And also a web site for Liverpool Cathedral at:
The Church of England web site is at:
Contact details for other Diocesan Registries can be found at:
New Diocesan Registrar. Mr. Howard Dellar, of 1 The Sanctuary,
Westminster, has been appointed as the new Registrar of the Diocese of Liverpool.
The Work of the Diocesan Registry
Each Diocese of the Church of England has two Legal Officers,
the Chancellor and the Registrar, who may have deputies. The following are
the main areas of work undertaken by the Registrar at the Diocesan
- The provision of advice to the Bishops and all other
clergy, to diocesan boards and committees, and to Churchwardens
and Church Councils, and dealing with general enquiries
from members of the public in relation to marriage, baptism,
- The preparation of notices, licences, permissions, instruments and
all other documents relating to the appointment of clergy and
lay office holders.
- The preparation of the documents required for the consecration
of churches, churchyards and cemeteries.
- Diocesan Records
- The custody of records relating to churches, clergy, etc.
- The issue of Faculties granted to authorise changes or additions to
consecrated buildings and burial grounds.
- Marriage Licences
- The issue of Common Licences on behalf of the Bishop, to authorise
marriages in parish churches and in other buildings licensed for
the solemnisation of marriages according to the rites and
ceremonies of the Church of England.
- Maintenance of a register of patrons of the diocese, and ensuring
that the provisions of the Patronage (Benefices) Measure 1986 are
complied with in relation to the filling of vacant benefices.
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